A Long Conversation with Stuart Hall
Stuart Hall is a foundational figure in the influential interdisciplinary field known as cultural studies. In this
stimulating and eloquent four-hour interview, conducted by the literary journalist Maya Jaggi and directed
by Mike Dibb, Hall reflects on his life and career, talking personally and in depth about the trajectory of his
work and how it has intersected with broader political movements. In a conversation both intimate and
sweeping in scope, Hall describes his migration from Jamaica to England, his immersion in left-wing politics
in London, the influence of Raymond Williams and E.P. Thompson on the evolution of his thought, and the
context within which the early classic texts of cultural studies were written. Hall also shares his pessimism
about the economic recession and his optimism about Barack Obama's victory. Future analysis of Hall's work,
and of cultural studies in general, will need to take account of this fascinating and indispensable first-person
account of his life and ideas. Broken into short sections to facilitate use in the classroom.
Stuart Hall, a leading figure of the British left over the past thirty years and a visionary race theorist, had made profound contributions to the field of cultural studies at the Center for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Birmingham University. His work has made possible multiple conversations taking place around questions of culture, race and ethnicity.
Filmed by: Mike Dibb
Associate Producer: Cheli Duran
Post Production: Image Creative
Director: Mike Dibb
Film Editor: Shelagh Brady
Interviewer: Maya Jaggi
Online Editor: Tim Hawkins
Praise for the Film
"In Personally Speaking
, Stuart Hall tells many stories -- about his family's history in colonial Jamaica, his development as diasporic intellectual in the UK, the formation of the English New Left and the Birmingham Center for Critical Cultural Studies, the political significance of Obama's campaign, even the place of Hall's semi-professional career as jazz pianist in his intellectual work. He is an incandescent narrator, at ease recognizing himself as made by history, language, color, love, and political possibility, and living richly inside the times and places he has done so much to help us understand. Forget The Sopranos
; this is the best serial television I've seen."
- Lisa Henderson | University of Massachusetts